Transformational Astrology


Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of March is powerful, and features two important retrogrades: Mars and Mercury, along with the archetypal energies of Chiron, Uranus Neptune and Pluto. The red planet, still retrograde in Virgo, gets back to almost the beginning of the sign by the end of the month, heading toward its direct station on April 13th. Mercury also retrogrades this month, from March 12th to nearly the end of April when you take the period of the retrograde shadow into account. We can expect a more deeply meditative and internal time than the usual Mercury retrograde, because Mars is also retrograde in mutual reception with Mercury, and because the mist of numinousity represented by Neptune and the sign of Pisces is so greatly emphasized by the recent Pisces New Moon from February 21st.

Pluto is also highlighted this month, at the time of the mid-month First Quarter Moon, when there is a huge Grand Trine in Earth signs that includes Pluto in Capricorn. The initial stages of the Mercury retrograde period that begins a few days prior also emphasize Pluto, with Mercury squaring Pluto and in close conjunction with Uranus. The forming square of Uranus and Pluto – that important world transit aspect that gets progressively more and more intense throughout the spring and early summer – is therefore brought to greater consciousness at precisely this mid-month time. This presages a greater awareness that we have seen thus far regarding the radical transformation and evolutionary or even revolutionary series of insights that are necessary to allow this culture to thrive as it emerges into the 2020’s.

The numinous quality of Neptune, together with the crucial accompanying reliance on Spirit as a significant guidepost, is also quite powerfully constellated now. This is because Neptune was closely conjunct the powerful New Moon from the 21st of February which also closely aspected Uranus. The present month will see a repeat of the spacey qualities associated with the ruler of the oceans, combined with the more frequent occurrences of synchronicity that are the specialty of Uranus. Just as throughout February, we will find surprising enlightenment at every turn if we can only open our eyes to see it.

Meanwhile Mercury, after the 11th, begins its retrograde; so that the last two thirds of the month exhibit the usual symptoms of deep introspection, missed connections and mechanical breakdown. Since Mars is also retrograde, this is exacerbated by the factor of the mutual reception between them. Also, during the early part of its retrograde period Mercury will aspect retrograde Mars, as well as Uranus, Chiron and Pluto. Insights will be paramount and supplant action as the most important mode in operation. At the March 14th Last Quarter Moon there is a powerful Grand trine in Earth signs between Venus conjunct Jupiter, retrograde Mars, and Pluto. This phase is normally introspective in any case, and it may well be that during this mid-month period we will be getting down into the deepest places within us, perhaps to a part of ourselves that has been wounded in the past, and attempt to work with these deeper parts of ourselves in a constructive and practical manner.

The March 22nd New Moon in Aries, coming just a few days after the Spring Equinox, also represents an exciting juncture, since very near the Aries point and in conjunction with unpredictable Uranus. The New Moon forms a yod formation with retrograde Mars and with Saturn, retrograde in late Libra, making a bridge for practicality and yet heralding even greater frustration with forward motion. Uranus also is semi-sextile to the Neptune / Chiron midpoint. Epiphanies prevail. This is all and all a very exciting month and one that will be redolent of new understanding regarding where we are in our personal lives and as a collective; thus providing insights that are sorely needed at this climactic stage of our turbulent decade.


ARIES (March 20-April 19). This is a time of potential empowerment for you Aries, but of a special kind that values inner knowing over outer achievement. In the lead-up to your birthday time, you are merging into a fun-house mirror view of your days that bespeaks more of strangeness than familiarity, and of many insights to be gained. You are looking under the covers of all your motivation from a truly inner perspective, including relationships and the practical side of soul development. You may pass through several stages that are each distinct as the weeks go by, punctuated by the Mercury retrograde beginning March 12th in your identity sector and the powerful New Moon there on March 22nd. Don’t be surprised if you come out the other end in mid-April feeling quite differently about yourself and your world.


TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  This your time to shine, Taurus, although perhaps not in any way that you might have expected. The powerfully transformative influences upon you now are in your own best interest, and will take you far, if only you can relax and allow yourself to open to them.  These include the mystical intimations from your inner voice of intuition, which paradoxically has more relevance than the roar of the surrounding crowd that tends to drown it out. You are moving forward in a big way right now, embracing the concept of a future that you can really live with and for, but you must first acknowledge the very real presence of this unseen world. Within that perspective, you are an integral part of a larger natural process from which you are, in fact, indistinguishable.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). You are making a fresh start with career initiatives, Gemini, although perhaps a bit strangely. An extreme flirtation with Spirit is in the air. A truly mystical life direction could be emerging, or you might get lost somewhere in the mist – idealization or illusion? Beginning with the mid-month retrograde of your ruler Mercury, a contemplative mode ensues. If you consider yourself to be exploring your future by means of direct experimentation it could be a case of two steps forward, one step back or even the reverse. Just recognize that the universe has its plans as well, and that even though these do not match up entirely with your own, there is value in the backward movement. The reward is greater awareness of inner rather than outer priorities, and of your fertile depths.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) Changing perspectives present to you a window on infinity, Cancer. You are both exhilarated and questioning almost everything. You are in some ways like that medieval figure peering out from under the curtain at cosmic wheels in flux, not sure whether to duck back inside the safety of a more limited viewpoint. You ongoing sense of future shock might also at times turn into future stuck. This all has its point, and it is somehow for the purpose of reaffirming your sense of yourself just when you need it most. The back and forth lets you try on for size a larger conception. As you continue to advance to your next evolutionary stage it will be more of an intentional move, one that is consistent with the fullest possible measure of soul purpose.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is the first month of the rest of your life, Leo. The mystical adventure keeps expanding and yet remains at the same time unbelievably simple. Though ups and downs you are rethinking financially and in terms of higher mind activities and interpersonal ones also. Service to the larger collective has become your mantra. You are challenged to put your entire heart and soul on the line for what you most deeply believe in; and the good news is that there is no lack of motivation – it is vital that you do so for the sake of your future. You are searching for the one thing that really counts and then praying for the courage to recognize it, and to act on it as though nothing else in all your life mattered.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You are working behind the scenes this month, Virgo. There are good things coming your way but they take the form of a curve ball, stealth, without your conscious mind really knowing. It’s a time for faith and for putting one foot ahead of the other on trust. The beginning of the month is the best time for decisions; after that, wait and watch. Partners are helpful to the extreme but it might not even look that way, at least for a while. You are challenged now to find out exactly how far the help they offer might be able to take you, and how to separate out what is real in all your relationship interactions from what only seems to be. You are making an important move but it is from the inside.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is an important time of taking stock, Libra. You are graced with an exciting inner perspective on life and love that will only grow more pronounced over the course of this spring and summer. Your intuition is sizzling, as it has been for months, and you are finally starting to pay attention. This is powerful for you, because from deep within comes a form of truth that cannot be found anywhere else. There could also be illusions or confusions to sort out, especially those concerning the mechanics of day-to-day concerns, including physical work-outs and the health of your body; even the office. Partners are helpful and a big focus as well for you these days, but in the final analysis you must realize that you have to go it alone.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a tricky period of time for you, Scorpio. Dreams could come crashing down or else morph into more reliable form as ideals that can serve as guideposts for your journey forward, and somehow you must choose how to separate the truth from the illusion. The future you see coming toward you now is not what you once thought, and friendships or group affiliations that you espoused might lend a very different hand to help you on you way than you had formerly imagined. This is actually stimulating and enlightening if you can take it in the right spirit. Remain loose and on your toes like a pro tennis player receiving a serve and you’ll prosper; but staying stuck in any one particular viewpoint is not currently recommended.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This monthly cycle represents a time of contemplation, Sagittarius, rather than of outright doing. You are drawn to the inside, there to discover the fuel to pursue your outer world responsibilities with what will ultimately become a greater sense of clarity. You may find that old and largely dysfunctional patterns of behavior, painfully present in recent weeks to your innermost psyche, come on even more strongly; if so this is for the purpose of acknowledging and moving beyond them. This is a potentially confusing time, when the ground seems to have been abruptly pulled out from beneath your feet leaving nothing but thin air on which to stand. Greater future solidity depends on how well you can learn to dance with the universe while aware that nothing whatsoever separates you from its beating heart.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Welcome to the inner whirlpool, Capricorn, for you are now surely in the midst of it; not actually going down but admitting yourself into another dimension. You are engaged in an important process of revisioning everything that you value, your very basis for security, and how you see the world around you. Communication is key, even though your words might seem a bit unfocused right now. The ideals that you share to others around you are yet by this means clarified.  A thorough-going transformation needs to spread further, to your head as well as to your heart, and you might be suspending mental operations for a while in order to reorganize. Out the other side, your sense of who you are at base comes back to you, and with added dividends.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is a time of acknowledging the unknown as well as the more obvious, Aquarius. Your values are taking a leap forward in alignment with a trend toward soul evolution that has been dawning for many weeks now, and in sync with positive changes that affect your financial as well as your spiritual balance sheet. This could also manifest as the illusion of wealth, or perhaps an idealized move away from the strictly material. Either way you are taking a trip to the deepest layers of your psyche in order to gain not the glitter of worldly rewards but the true gold of understanding that applies to you all the way through to within. You might find you can operate in the concrete world of achievement without sacrificing this basic recognition: the source of all your motivation is essentially insubstantial.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are full of energy and contradictions, Pisces. In one way you are sailing right along, and feeling the intensity of your forward motion, but relationship issues and core doubts may also have you in a bit of a stymie. If you are feeling stuck in these areas it is an excellent time to dialog with friends and colleagues or to meditate and journal about them. You might begin by asking yourself questions such as: What exactly do you intend? How does your relationship process serve this higher goal? Is there perhaps a style of self-sabotage that trips you up in any way that you can discover? The answers are neither easy nor simple. This month represents a series of stages of a path to the doorway to a more viable future – and only you can walk it.


Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs is available on his website. Holding degrees from MIT and the University of California-San Diego, Henry is a popular speaker and also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website at


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